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Year 12 – Issues in Gene Technology workshop


This workshop examines gene technology regulation in Australia, and offers an overview of genetically modified crops grown around the world.

The workshop explores public interest issues associated with gene technology applications in the agricultural industry, including a consideration of social, environmental, ethical and political points of view. Students analyse media representations of gene technology and are also encouraged to consider evidence based data when assessing issues. The material explored in the workshop can assist students to develop an understanding of the inter-relationships between biological, cultural and technological evolution.


Issues in Gene Technology, has been developed to align with Unit 4 Biology, Area of Study 2. This workshop will help students gain the knowledge required for ‘A response to an issue’ given as one of the Assessment tasks for Outcome 2. Additional student notes and teacher guide for School Assessed Coursework (SAC) are provided on request.


The skills developed in this workshop could also be applied to Unit 2 Biology, Area of Study 3, ‘Investigation of an Issue’.


Year 12, VCE Biology Unit 4

Year 11, VCE Biology Unit 2

Available: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Duration: 1.5 hours

Cost: Free

Maximum: 30 students

Location: Melbourne, Bendigo